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American Country Furniture: Projects from the Workshops of David T. Smith (American Woodworker)by Nick Engler
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American Country Furniture Create a Beautiful Country Home with More than 40 Early American Projects Everyone loves American country furniture for its simple design. attention to detail, and faithfulness to tradition. At The Workshops of David T. Smith, the talented crafts people not only build furniture that's similar to what their great-great- grandfathers might have built in the workshops of yesteryear, but they also build it in the same manner: one craftsman building each piece from start to finish. With American Country Furniture, you too can build 50 of David T. Smith's most popular furniture reproductions. Each project includes clearly illustrated diagrams and step-by-step instructions detailing how to cut and assemble each part. You will learn common woodworking techniques, and even discover how the furniture was used during those times gone by. With American Country Furniture and the guidance of the master craftsmen at The Workshops of David T. Smith, you will be inspired to continue this proud furniture-making tradition. American Country Furniture projects included: Dry Sink - Shaker Candlestand - Pencil-Post Bed Pie Safe - Ladder- Back Chair - Trestle Table Spice Cupboard, and more!
Exploring the history behind country furnishings, this authoritative handbook offers 50 of the most popular projects from the workshops of David T. Smith-a unique collection of craft shops that create reproductions of antique artifacts. Offering a short narrative explaining how each piece of furniture evolved and was used in the past, each project includes detailed drawings, a materials list, and comprehensive instructions for assembly. Informative and well-researched, this remarkable reference shares guidelines for constructing historic fixtures such as a trestle table, a pencil-post bed, a ladder-back chair, or a whale shelf. Helpful photographs are included to demonstrate specialized techniques and skills, such as routing dovetails and raising panels. Nick Engler is the founder of Hands On! magazine and writes articles for Fine Woodworking and American Woodworker. He has published 48 books on woodworking, including the Workshop Companion series. Mary Jane Favorite is a folk artist, a woodworking designer, and an illustrator. She has contributed hundreds of her furniture designs to various woodworking books and magazines and is the coauthor of 50 Storage Projects for the Home and Country Woodworking. They both live in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Fifty step-by-step projects for popular furniture projects from master craftsmen, including a dry sink, harvest table, Shaker candlestand, pie safe, ladder-back chair, and more. Build David T. Smith's most popular furniture reproductions. Includes common woodworking techniques.
For anyone who loves to build long-lasting country furniture comes a thoroughly illustrated handbook from the master craftsmen at The Workshops, a well-known Ohio provider of Early American reproductions. David T. Smith, and the folks who work with him have emerged as outstanding historians, designers and artisans. American Country Furniture is a collection of their combined experienced, and reveals their outstanding woodworking techniques, as well as the history behind each of the 50 piecees of furniture included. Each project is clearly illustrated and explained using detailed drawings, materials lists, step-by-step instructions, and photographs for demonstrating special techniques. You'll be walked through the assembly after learning a short history on how the piece was used and evolved over time.
About the Author
Nick Engler is the founder of Hands On! magazine and writes articles for Fine Woodworking and American Woodworker. He has published 48 books on woodworking, including the Workshop Companion series. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.Mary Jane Favorite is a folk artist, a woodworking designer, and an illustrator. She has contributed hundreds of her furniture designs to various woodworking books and magazines and is the coauthor of 50 Storage Projects for the Home and Country Woodworking. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Table of Contents
CONSTRUCTION Tools, Materials, and Techniques FOR EATING AND DRINKING Trestle Table Joining Breadboard Ends Shaker Dining Bench Shoe-Foot Settle Table Spoon Rack Knife Caddy FOR READING AND WRITING Lap Desk Making Hand- Cut Dovetails Bookshelf Shaker Candle Ledge Making Bentwood Boxes Ratchet Candlestand Meal Bin Filing Cabinet Shaker Candlestand Routing Dovetail Mortises and Tenons Plantation Desk Attaching Moldings FOR DRESSING AND SLEEPING Keeping Box Pencil-Post Bed Making Pencil Posts Chest of Drawers Shaker Cradle Six-Board Chest Fretwork Mirror Turned-Post Bed FOR SITTING AND REFLECTING Ladder-Back Chair Weaving a Tape Seat Splay-Leg Side Table Pouting Chair Sofa Table Wing-and-Arm Chair Five-Board Bench Occasional Tables FOR COOKING AND BAKING Bucket Bench Pie Safe Making Tin Panels Water Bench Herb Cupboard Dry Sink Making Backboards Salt Box Spice Cupboard Driving Square Pegs in Round Holes FOR STORING AND KEEPING Hanging Corner Cabinet Using Square-Cut Nails Pewter Bench Ohio Corner Cabinet Chimney Cupboard Hanging Corner Shelf Plate Shelf Whale Shelf Step-Back Cabinet Installing Glass in Cabinet Doors Pipe Box FINISH Finishing Philosophy Traditional Finishes Museum-Quality Finishes Sources Index Credits
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